Annual Parent University holds interactive workshops for students in West Hempstead


The West Hempstead Union Free School District hosted its annual Parent University at the Chestnut Street School on March 19.

Principal Faith Tripp welcomed community parents and their children to a night of workshops on literacy, writing and math. Parents separated into classrooms to take part in presentations led by district teachers and administration. Meanwhile, children remained in the school’s cafeteria to create magnets with Tom Kemnitzer and Annalee Ickowics, of the West Hempstead Scholarship Fund, as well as members of the high school’s English a New Language Club and the middle school’s National Junior Honor Society.

District members spoke to the parents about the importance of reading to their children every day, how to incorporate math concepts into daily activities and how games can be engaging and educational.

Following the sessions, children rejoined their parents to take part in activities of reading, math games and scholastic activities to conclude the workshop.

“I would like to express my genuine gratitude to the many volunteers who helped make the night a success,” Tripp said. “From the students to the teachers, administrators, office staff, PTA members, the public library and members of the Scholarship Fund — thank you.”

Compiled by Nakeem Grant